Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Principal Quartet Plays Beethoven


Category: Music

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Chamber Classics Series, which marks the KSO’s 81st season.

The January installment of the Chamber Classics series features the Principal Quartet. Musical selections include Beethoven’s Op. 59, No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major. Members of the Principal Quartet are: Gordon Tsai, Associate Concertmaster; Edward Pulgar, Principal Second Violin; Kathryn Gawne, Principal Viola; and Andy Bryenton, Principal Cello.

Instead of the usual Bijou Theatre, this performance will take place in the Powell Recital Hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on the University of Tennessee campus. This new venue allows for a fresh concert experience! Located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd. on the University of Tennessee Campus. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Free Family Concert

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Enjoy a free performance by your Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra! This annual tradition includes fun pre-concert activities to prepare families for the performance. Children are invited to participate in an instrument petting zoo and craft-making related to the instruments of the orchestra. Local student ensembles will perform in the lobby before and after the concert, and snacks are provided. Mark your calendars, it’s going to be another great family event – and it’s all free!

Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: 865-483-5569,

Church Street United Methodist Church: Inspirations of Old

  • January 29, 2017
  • 2:30PM

Category: Music

Inspirations of Old

featuring Daniel Webb, baritone
Dr. Christy Lee, piano

Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
Works by Schubert, Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti.
Experience the music of an 1816 recital—a recital program featuring works that inspired our founders.

Church Street United Methodist Church
900 Henley at Main, Knoxville, TN 37902

The Public Cinema: Aquarius

  • January 29, 2017

Category: Film and Free event

Dir. by Kleber Mendonça Filho
A retired music critic fights to protect her apartment from developers.
JANUARY 29 · KMA · 2:00 P.M.

The Public Cinema exists to share vital works of contemporary international and American cinema—works that might otherwise be unseen or overlooked by Knoxville audiences. Many of the films we screen are discoveries from the festival circuit; some will be Tennessee or regional premieres. Whatever we screen, our only agenda is to create a space for cinema as an art form and to promote discussion among discerning moviegoers.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Jered Sprecher: Outside In

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces a new contemporary exhibition, Outside In, by Jered Sprecher. Sprecher lives in Knoxville and is a professor with the University of Tennessee’s School of Art. He enjoys a growing national reputation as one of the leading representative of a generation of contemporary painters dedicated to the exploration and revitalization of abstraction. He describes himself as a “hunter and gatherer,” pulling his imagery from such disparate sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones, and x-rays.

Preview reception: January 26, 5:30-7:30 PM

Outside In reflects the dynamic range of Sprecher’s recent practice in terms of format, scale, imagery, and process. It also includes several new works configured in a provocatively informal manner designed to reference a space that is central to human domestic life since the dawn of time: the living room. The Study (2013), for instance, depicts an abstracted frontal view of a fireplace entrance defined in broad horizontal strokes in an icy palette that presents the original image in a strange new light. The painting reflects the artist’s examination of parallels between ancient domestic traditions in which the fireplace was a mesmerizing light environment that in contemporary life has been replaced by the ubiquitous digital screen.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

The Farragut Museum: Fashionably Late

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and History, heritage

The Farragut Museum has unveiled its next special exhibit, "Fashionably Late." This exhibit features a variety of clothing and accessories that are in the Farragut Museum Collection and two items on loan from Farragut Museum committee members. All of these items are indicative of fashions that would have been worn in this area.

One of the highlights of the exhibit is an original John Pico John (Mr. John) hat on loan from Museum committee member Carolyn Sinclair. John's clients included female fashion icons like the Duchess of Windsor, Gloria Vanderbilt, Lauren Bacall and Joan Crawford. Vivien Leigh wore one of his creations in "Gone With the Wind," as did Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

The Farragut Museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its East Tennessee community and features a remarkable collection of artifacts from the area, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first admiral of the U.S Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in Farragut Town Hall, located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, the Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers free admission. For more information about the museum or the exhibit, please visit

Smoky Mountain Snowdown Winter Festival


Category: Classes, workshops, Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

Snowdown is an annual Townsend winter event! Artists from the Guild are presenting 15 classes, ranging from watercolor to fiber to painting to playing the dulcimer. Some of the classes are nearing capacity. Registration is open on the website:

The Townsend Artisan Guild, Mountain Trax, Dancing Bear, and Cades Cove Cellars are hosting the opening reception on Thursday, January 26, 4-7pm. Everyone is welcome at 7719 East Lamar Alexander in Townsend.

Information: or by calling 865-448-0859.

Tomato Head: Exhibition by Laura Pierpont

  • January 23, 2017 — March 6, 2017

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Laura Pierpont focuses on the storytelling of photography. The East Tennessee native creates a narrative while documenting the world both as it is seen and unseen. Her latest work, Interiors is inspired by the quietness Pierpont discovered while trotting throughout the stimulating streets of New York City.

We are thrilled to have photographs of Laura Pierpont enliven our walls at Market Square through February 5th and The Gallery from February 7th to March 6th.

We’ve always believed our local art community should be celebrated – that’s why we host a monthly rotating showcase of talented work of regional artists. Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

The Knoxville Association of Bridge Clubs: Beginning Bridge Lessons

  • January 22, 2017 — May 23, 2017

Category: Classes, workshops

The Knoxville Association of Bridge Clubs is offering an in depth, 17 week course on Duplicate Bridge, with a focus on learning the modern “2 Over 1” bridge system. Taught by certified instructors, these lessons are a fun and informative way to learn the basics of modern bridge. The cost is $5 per lesson (the first 2 lessons are free). Two class sessions are offered. The first begins Sunday, January 22nd at 1:30 pm. The second begins Tuesday, January 24th at 6:00 pm. You are welcome to attend either or both weekly sessions. Bring a partner or, if not, we will provide one for you.

Classes will be conducted at the Knoxville Bridge Center, located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville TN 37919. Contact Jo Anne Newby at (865} 539-4150 or email

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs

  • January 20, 2017 — February 5, 2017

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

The hilarious play by Linda Daugherty has been a hit at children's theatres all across the country, since its premiere in 2000. Three classic fairy tales ("The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff") begin in their usual fashion, but along the way, the characters break a breaking point! The pigs wonder what life would be like if the Wolf weren't always at their door, th billy goats can't face one more trespasser, and Papa Bear has had enough of that meddlesome little girl! The three trios join forces to rewrite their stories, just as audiences are inspired to conquer their fears by taking control of their own destinies. A smash hit comedy, first created by Dallas Children's Theatre!

Friday 1/20 at 7 PM, Saturday 1/21 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sunday 1/22 at 3 PM
Thursday 1/26 at 7 PM, Friday 1/27 at 7 PM, Saturday 1/28 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sunday 1/29 at 3 PM
Thursday 2/2 at 7 PM, Friday 2/3 at 7 PM, Saturday 2/4 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sunday 2/5 at 3 PM

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Ewing Gallery: Common Lineage: The Bensons

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Since 2005 Lee Benson, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee has worked with his wife Betty, and later their four children, Zach, Aaron, Mary, and Sarah to make sculpture and public works. They work mainly in mixed media, the earth, stone, timber, wood, clay and 24k gold producing large-scale architectural forms as well as figurative, narrative monoliths. Residing across the country, they maintain five studios.

The Bensons have produced works from New York City to Australia and have had wide public recognition. They have also recently developed a relationship with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International to use materials used in their sculptures to be repurposed into homes throughout the community.


Common Lineage: The Bensons will close at 3PM on Friday, February 10.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Ewing Gallery Hours: M-W and Fri: 10-5, Thu 10-7, Sun 1-4. Information: 865-974-3200,

Wine and Canvas Knoxville: Upcoming events

  • January 10, 2017 — December 31, 2017

Category: Classes, workshops and Exhibitions, visual art

With the love of art and entertainment it's no wonder that a bottle or two of wine would get involved to create Wine and Canvas! Awesome local artists, great customer service and beautiful surroundings make for an amazing experience that you don't find anywhere else. Sipping your favorite wine or cocktail, letting your inner artist out to create a masterpiece and maybe breaking into song throughout the night is what we have planned for you! Leave your cares at the door and dive in to the paint party! Best part - you take your artwork with you and leave the clean up behind! Local artists in each city inspire and Instruct Wine and Canvas customers step-by-step to create their finished masterpiece. Each location hosts many events monthly with a different featured painting each night. With our step-by-step instruction method customers without a stroke of painting experience are at ease.

Upcoming events:

$35 per session (unless otherwise noted). Wine & Canvas: Knoxville, TN, 865-356-9179,

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